From the 1st December 2021, you will need a permit if you are visiting your local Household Waste Recycling Centre to dispose of household waste using your own van, pick-up truck or a twin axle trailer

Use the link below to find out more information and apply for your permit. Please note: you will need to provide a copy of your V5C form (logbook) and current proof of address.

Please note: visitors using a standard car or a vehicle adapted for wheelchair users do NOT need a permit to use the Recycling Centres unless you intend to visit with a twin axle trailer.

Van and twin axle permit


Buy Keep Eat Repeat

Buy, Keep, Eat, Repeat

What are we doing?

Did you know that in Greater Manchester, 140,000 tonnes of food waste is put in general waste bins? Three quarters of this food waste could have been avoided too. We are working with councils across Greater Manchester to encourage residents to reduce and recycle their food waste.

Follow our tips below for ‘Buy, Keep, Eat, Repeat’, to help you plan meals, store your food right, use up leftovers and recycle food in your food caddy or bin!


In November we will be doing newspaper and digital adverts, Tram adverts and a radio ad across GM DAB stations and Hits Radio to  encourage residents to do one thing that matters to reduce food waste.




  • Plan your meals for the week ahead. By doing this you will only buy what you need to help reduce food going out of date.
  • Check what is left in the fridge and cupboards before you next go shopping.
  • Shop smart. Try local shops for the best deals on your food shop.
  • Look for cheaper deals on wonky vegetables and fruit.
A gif encouraging food preservation


A gif encouraging food preservation


  • Use fruit in pies and baking.
  • Stir-fry’s are good for using up vegetables.
  • Batch cook to get the most out of your food and save time later, using fresh food first. Check our food blogs for ideas on how to use up leftover ingredients.
  • Save leftovers to eat another day. Try Love Food Hate Waste for leftover food recipes (link opens in a new tab).
A gif promoting a reduction in food waste


  • Use your food caddy or green bin at home for any food waste you may have. Did you know all the food and garden waste collected in Greater Manchester is turned into compost? Find out more about what happens to your food and garden waste.
  • Why not try home composting? This is great for your flowers and vegetables and saves money on buying compost.
  • Make sure you’re putting the right things in your food caddy – check what you can recycle at home.
  • If you do have any leftover store cupboard essentials that are in date, see if it can be donated to a local food bank.
A gif encouraging the use of food bins

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